Monday, June 29, 2009

1998 Loacker Corte Pavone

Well, Barry has finally taken me to task for my increasingly lame attempts at back-posting old notes - after all, is a new post dated four weeks ago "new"? No shortage of wine notes over here, but Barry is right - this back-posting nonsense must end. I declare June 2009 "The Lost Month" - that's it, no back posts...

So tonight we are opening a Brunello, which always feels like cause for celebration. Maybe it is the cost of these wines, or perhaps it is the age (I always let these sit for a while), but I open these so rarely that I find the simple act of saying "Brunello tonight" is celebratory. Tonight's 1998 Loacker Corte Pavone was a gift from the wife (so I'd better say something nice...) - classic leather and black cherries with hints of tobacco and flinty cloves - kinda what you'd expect from sangiovese grosso. On the palate it was a touch rustic, making me think of how wine used to be made...a firm acid structure and deceptively firm silky tannins, it was hot and a bit awkward at first, smoothing out a touch over the evening (but not enough)
cork. 13.5% alcohol
Score: 17/20

ahhh, it feels great to be up to date - thank you for liberating me Barry! And with a mountain of material I don't need to drink anything for weeks...